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Also In Global Health News: Tropical Storm Damage In Central America; Global Health Corps; Hunger In S. Sudan; Tobacco Use In China; Improving Water Conditions In Asia

Tropical Storm Agatha Hits Central America Tropical storm Agatha pounded Central America over the weekend, bringing heavy rain that killed at least 179 people, mostly in Guatemala, the New York Times reports. The search for survivors continues as rescue workers dig through the thousands of homes and buildings that collapsed.…

Also In Global Health News: WHO H1N1 Advisory Committee; Malawian President Pardons Gay Couple; Debate Over Mandatory HIV/AIDS Testing; Lancet Child Deaths’ Study Methods; Access To Toilets

WHO Advisory Committee To Discuss Whether To Declare H1N1 Pandemic Over “A panel that advises the World Health Organization on pandemics will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to declare the H1N1[swine] flu outbreak over,” Reuters/New York Times reports (5/31). “The WHO’s latest update on Friday said the most active…

Also In Global Health News: WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines In Malawi; U.S., Nigeria To Collaborate On HIV Vaccine Research; Water Scarcity

IRIN PlusNews Reports On Possible Effects Of Adopting WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines In Malawi IRIN PlusNews examines the outcomes of a WHO-supported study in Malawi to assess what adopting the new WHO HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines would mean for the country. “According to the feasibility study, [adopting the guidelines would increase] the number…

Economist Features Special Report On Water

In a special report on water the Economist examines the causes of and growing concerns over increasing scarcity around the world. “Bringing supply and demand into equilibrium will be painful, and political disputes may increase in number and intensify in their capacity to cause trouble. To carry on with present practices would indeed be to invite disaster,” the magazine states. “The proportion of people living in countries chronically short of water, which stood at 8% (500m) at the turn of the 21st century, is set to rise to 45% (4 billion) by 2050,” the Economist reports. “And already 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, partly for lack of water to grow food.”

Also In Global Health News: Water Purification In Kenya; Indonesian Malaria Program; Health Worker Shortages In Africa

Water Purification Unit Aims To Deliver Clean Water To Rural Kenyans Business Daily reports on new water purification unit that can make 45,000-75,000 litres of potable water daily. Multi Purpose Industries, which is marketing the purifier, has installed one in a market in Kenya.  The company will work with the Ministry of Local Government to…

Also In Global Health News: Polio In Russia; Water Scarcity In Iraq; Global Fund Grant For Rwanda; South African Health Report; Mobile Phone Systems Prevent Fake Drug Purchases

Infant From Tajikistan Is Russia’s First Confirmed Polio Cases In 13 Years “Russia has confirmed its first polio case in 13 years in an infant visiting from Tajikistan, but there is no immediate threat of a wider outbreak, the country’s main public health body [Rospotrebnadzor] said Friday,” Reuters reports. “All the…

Media Line/All Headline News Examine Agriculture Investment Gap In Middle East

“Arab countries need to invest some $144 billion in agriculture over the next 20 years to meet the food demands of the growing population, an Arab agricultural organization has said,” the Media Line/All Headline News reports in a piece that examines the contributing factors to gaps in food security in the region.

Greenwire/New York Times Examine Water, Sanitation In Kenya

Greenwire/New York Times examine how water “binds urban sanitation with energy, tourism, agriculture and other sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa,” with a focus on Kenya’s “water woes.” Kenya’s problems have been compounded by changing weather, population growth, “volatile politics,” culteral taboos around sanitation, the article states.

Also In Global Health News: HIV Prevention In Iran; Water Pricing; Malaria Control Challenges; Drought In Niger; MBAs

AP Examines Iran’s Efforts To Curb Spread Of HIV/AIDS Among Drug Users The Associated Press reports that health experts participating at this week’s International Harm Reduction Association conference in Liverpool are looking to Iran’s methadone clinics and needle exchange programs as a possible model for other countries looking to stop HIV/AIDS…